Al Jazeera America finally announced an anchor for its evening newscast, which is scheduled to launch in just two weeks. Former NBC News anchor John Seigenthaler will anchor the flagship show when the network launches on August 20, it announced this morning. Seigenthaler, who spent more than 11 years at NBC News, anchored the weekend edition of its Nightly News for about nine of them. Seigenthaler was reported to have been one of the victims of NBCU 2.0 slash-and-burn policy announced in fall of ’06 by then NBCUniversal television group CEO Jeff Zucker – now running things over at CNN. That plan involved the cutting of about 700 jobs. In April of ’07 Seigenthaler announced on the air that it was his last time at the anchor desk and he was out. Since ’08, Seigenthaler’s been the CEO of Seigenthaler Public Relations-NY.
AJA has been unveiling its staff and operations in dribs and drabs in the days walking up to its scheduled launch. In recent days, it has announced former CNN anchor Joie Chen will host a nightly news magazine show, staffing for its documentary and sports units, and the opening of 12 domestic bureaus, among other things.